Celebrate Summer with a Bang

It’s time to usher out summer, but nobody said the close of summer couldn’t happen without a bang.

South Padre Island celebrates summer with fireworks. Bayside and beachside dazzle alike with shows every Thursday and Friday at 9:15p.m. bayside and every Friday and Saturday at 9:15p.m. beachside starting in April. The shows garnered South Padre Island the title “the firework capital of Texas.”

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It’s time to prepare for the last firework show of the summer. September 2, 2017 at 9:15p.m. is the last firework display of the season, and both bayside and beachside will be showing off with a firework display sure to delight. There are plenty of places to view the show from with options ranging from the best views, family friendly options and venues with some nightlife. Here is your guide on the best way to view a firework show you won’t forget.


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Best Views

There are a lot of places to see the fireworks from, but these 3 choices boast the best views on the island.

Hilton Garden Inn

The Hilton puts on the firework show that is on the beach side of the island. Arguably, the best viewing area on the island is from the beach outside of the Hilton. You don’t have to be a guest at the Hilton to view the fireworks and you can park in the Hilton’s lot for free. Bring snacks and drinks (but no glass) and enjoy the show.

Address: 7010 Padre Blvd.

WebsiteHilton Garden Inn

Cost: Free

Side of the Island: Beach Side


La Quinta

Next door to the Hilton Garden Inn, La Qunita has great views of the firework show. You don’t have to be a guest at La Quinta to view the fireworks, and you can park in the parking lot for free. Bring snacks and drinks (but no glass) and enjoy the show.

Address: 7000 Padre Blvd.

Website: http://www.laquintasouthpadreisland.com/?cid=local_730

Cost: Free

Side of the Island: Beach Side


Louie’s Backyard

Louie’s Backyard is a large establishment located right on the water. Large colorful decks provide plenty of seating and views of the bay. The menu features a “famous seafood buffet” with plenty of surf and turf choices. To view the firework show from Louie’s, each person must buy a plate of food. Louie’s does not allow split plates and all prices for seafood are market price. For seafood and a show, Louie’s is perfect.

Address: 2305 Laguna Blvd

Website: https://www.lbyspi.com/

Cost: $$

Side of the Island: Bayside

Family Friendly

South Padre Island boasts scores of places the whole family can watch the show from. There are venues with great eats and gorgeous views. Here are the best places to bring the family for the firework show:

Laguna Bob

Laguna Bob is a relatively small establishment that serves up casual food and drinks. The long deck outside the restaurant follows the bay and offers great views of the sunset and show. Laguna Bob usually has live music every evening of the week. The menu is not robust, so picky eaters might have a difficult time finding something they like, but overall, this is a fun, casual spot.

Address: 2401 Laguna Blvd

Website: http://lagunabob.com/

Cost: $$

Side of the island: Bayside


Coconuts Bar and Grill

Coconuts Bar and Grill is a large restaurant and marina. There is ample seating and a menu that is larger than most other bars in the area. There should be something yummy for everyone to eat. You’ll have good views of the fireworks from the deck outside or the seats by the windows that face the bay.

Address: 2301 Laguna Blvd

Website: http://www.coconutsspi.com/

Cost: $$

Side of the island: Bayside


The Painted Marlin Grille

The Painted Marlin Grille is a new restaurant specializing in simply prepared seafood. The building is new and has deck seating. The menu focuses on seafood but has options for kids and land lovers as well. The interior of the restaurant is simple and features several garage doors that are open when the weather is nice. The best views are from the deck outside but the show can also be enjoyed from inside, making this spot a great pick for families with young children.

Address: 202 W Whiting St.

Website: http://www.paintedmarlingrille.com/

Cost: $$

Side of the Island: Bayside


Palm St. Pier Bar and Grill

This restaurant is laid back and features “Texas-sized nachos.” The menu is fairly large and includes a kid’s section. On weekends, there is live music and the firework show can be seen from the deck. However, after the firework show, the bar is for adults only.

Address: 204 Palm St.

Website: http://www.palmstreetpier.com/

Cost: $$

Side of the Island: Bayside


Southern Wave Catamarans

Southern Wave is a catamaran charter company that offers a variety of charter choices. All trips include lounging nets, a bathroom on board, radio, a gas BBQ grill and snorkeling gear. Water and soda are also included, but you must bring any other beverages you want. The firework cruise lasts for 2 hours and includes a buffet-style meal and live music. The firework cruise leaves the dock about an hour before sunset and stays on the bay for the entire firework show. Make sure to arrive 15 minutes before departure.

Address: 2401 Laguna Blvd

Website: https://www.sailspi.com/

Cost: $$$

Side of the Island: Bayside


Osprey Cruises

This is the cruise to go on if your family has young children. Osprey Cruises takes participants on the Black Dragon Pirate Ship to view the firework show. A cannon is fired before take-off and the crew dresses in character as pirates. There are snacks and drinks on board to buy. The entire trip is pirate themed and includes water pistol battles, face painting, pirate stories and treasure hunts. The firework cruise is on Fridays from 6:30-9:45 p.m. Make sure to arrive half an hour early for check in.

Address: 1 Padre Boulevard

Website: http://www.ospreycruises.com/

Cost: $$$

Side of the Island: Bayside


South Padre Island has plenty of spots to celebrate into the night. Enjoy the final firework show of summer with great drinks, music and views. Here are the best places to enjoy the fireworks and a little nightlife:

Clayton’s Beach Bar

This bar boasts being “the biggest beach bar in Texas.” There is a limited food menu but plenty of drink options. The bar has a view of the fireworks as well as live music on the weekends.

Address: 6900 Padre Blvd.

Website: http://claytonsbeachbar.com/

Cost: $$

Side of the Island: Beach side


Tequila Sunset

Tequila Sunset is a bar that extends to the bayside waters. This bar opens around 4 in the evening and offers live music and drinks. After the firework show, the venue turns into a hub for nightlife.

Address: 200 Pike St.

Website: http://www.tequilasunset.com/

Cost: $

Side of the Island: Bayside


Captain Murphy’s Isla Tours

Captain Murphy’s has dolphin tours, fishing trips and private cruises. The firework cruise includes dolphin watching, sunset viewing and a party atmosphere complete with a DJ and dance floor. You can bring your own ice chest with drinks and snacks– just no glass. The tour lasts for 2 and half hours and starts at 7:30p.m.

Address: 33256 State Park Rd 100

Website: https://www.islatours.com/

Cost: $$

Side of the Island: Bayside


For more information on fireworks, check out our how-to guide.

Celebrate the close of summer with fireworks over beautiful beaches and sparkling water.

Questions? Call 1-800-SOPADRE

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